Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
25 | AIR JORDAN GOLDEN MOMENT PACK
2012’s Olympic summer gave us a huge variety of great sneakers both new and old. Flyknit stole the show in London, while the 20th anniversary of a memorable Olympiad seven hundred miles south spawned a bunch of dope retro reissues. Nike Sportswear launched a ‘Dream Team’ collection that spanned from those 1992 games through the early part of this century, but it was the signature series of the greatest team ever’s leader that has continued to grow even larger than the famed MJ billboard in Barcelona, eventually transforming into a brand all its own with its very own commemorative releases this time around.
The Air Jordan Golden Moment Pack furthers that sense that His Airness has utterly permeated the game of basketball and its sneaker market, with numerous connections that help to explain why the Jumpman is tops in the roundball world across the globe. This combination of the Air Jordan VI and VII, packaged together with American Flag dustbags, commemorates the first two Olympic Gold Medals won in Air Jordans, but with those individual models also being released separately this past summer in their original forms,
the GMP looked to its 2006 forebear, the Defining Moments Package, for some prestigious design inspiration. The result was a similarly elegant black/white/gold setup, with the GMP Jordan VI taking on a pristine white build while the black VIs added a bit more texture with the suede and smooth leather split.
The Olympic nostalgia and premium quality materials alone were more than enough to ensure instant sellouts in August, but whether it was due to rampant reselling, the availability of so much other heat this summer or other factors, these didn’t seem to capture quite the same universal adoration as the similar DMP installment six years earlier. With a total of sixteen Air Jordan two-packs including the eleven Collezione Packages, the DMP is still king, but it’s easy to see this Golden duo in the top third of that list, despite some being left unimpressed by this latest effort. Regardless of its standing amongst its Retro double-box competition, there’s no denying that the Air Jordan Golden Moment Pack made its impact felt in 2012, both for it’s minimalist lux aesthetic and the glorious historical ties it honors.